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If there is one thing that my husband knows will earn him browny points, its buying me a new perfume. I just love it. I think certain perfumes and scents can transport you straight back to a time or period of your life, and evoke all kinds of emotions. I have quite the collection of perfumes, and if you read my post on my favoured scents for the warmer months, (My go to Summer Fragrances ) then you will realise that I like to mix my perfume up, in line with the seasons. For me, scents for the warmer months tend to be fresh, lighter and with a summer vibe. My perfumes for Autumn and Winter tend to be richer, spicier, evoking memories of cosy nights in with family/friends or festive nights out. I thought I would share my top five with you xx
Tom Ford Black Orchid
I have worn this perfume for years, and its probably the scent most of my friends and family would associate with me. Whenever I spray this one on, it literally lifts my mood as it just makes me think of some fabulous nights out that we have had. I love these slightly masculine, heady scents for Autumn and Winter nights out, although its a little heavy for daytime. I cant foresee a time that this beauty wont be in my collection. Its me in a bottle! Reportedly, the ingredients in this perfume are amongst some of the most luxurious and expensive. Patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood and vanilla blend with black truffle, bergamot and lotus wood make this a heady, decadent fragrance. Beautiful, and definitely my number one.
Tom Ford Noir
Another offering from Tom Ford makes it into my top five. This scent is a little lighter than Black Orchid, but still more of a night out perfume, and its delicious! There is actually no other word that describes this scent other than delicious. Its warm and comforting, and again, been a staple for about 4 years. I personally prefer the “Extreme” version, but they also do the original, which is a little softer and lighter.
Jo Malone Orange Bitters – Limited Edition
If you haven’t tried this one, be kind to yourself and rectify this immediately. Get to a Jo Malone shop quickly. Its a scent that they only bring out this time of year, and its only offered until end of December usually. If you have ever smelt their scent Orange Blossom and wasn’t keen, do not let that put you off of this one. They are not alike at all. Im not a fan of Orange Blossom, but I have bought this one 3 years in a row now. It is amazing. Whenever I wear it brings me happy memories of this, my favourite time of year. Christmas festivities, days out in London, gorgeous meals in with family/friends. All are memories that this scent evokes in me and it makes me so happy. The usual Jo Malone cream and black label is cast aside in favour of this more Autumnal colouring for this limited edition beauty, and it has a gorgeous gold lid. Sweet and bitter orange combine with the woody, warming scents of sandalwood and amber to make this gorgeous scent perfect for day or night.
Balmain Extatic Eau De Parfum
My husband introduced me to this scent a couple of years back, and I absolutely love it. Its a scent with musky, smokey ingredients like cashmere, sandalwood and leather, all made more feminine by floral notes of jasmine, iris, chocolatey Sharry orchid, and rose. The overall effect is, as you would expect from the fashion house of Balmain and its aristo-rock ethos, is a modern, bold fragrance that dries down to a lingering provocative scent. Just gorgeous and I am on my second bottle,
Dolce and Gabbana The One
I love the sophisticated scent of this perfume. It makes me feel like a real grown up! Another purchase by my husband for me, he said he bought it as the description from the brand was that this perfume was “for the woman who is defiant, liberated, strong-minded and spirited” Im sure I don’t know what he is talking about………….
Some of the ingredients combined to make this luxurious fragrance are bergamot and mandarin in the top notes, softening down to include hints of vanilla and jasmine. I love it, and it makes me feel like I should be wearing a blouse when I wear it for some reason! That could just be my peculiar mind though!
Tom Ford Beauty – Noir Extreme Eau De Parfum – Bergamot, Black Pepper & Nutmeg, 100ml • Tom Ford • £98
Tom Ford Black Orchid eau de parfum 100ml • Tom Ford • £115
Jo Malone London Orange Bitters cologne 100ml • Jo Malone • £94
Balmain Extatic Eau De Parfum 60ml • Balmain • £46